Distance Learning

Course Titles

American Sign LanguageAP Economics: Microeconomics and MacroeconomicsBioethicsCode AcademyCriminal JusticeSAT/ACT Verbal Review and College ReadinessContemporary IssuesPhilosophyAnatomy and PhysiologyPsychologySociologySpanish IV (HVCC)Marine BiologyProgramming with Block and CodeCollaborative Design with Minecraft

Course Descriptions

American Sign Language

Grades: 9-12 (this course will be offered when available and with student interest)
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: This course will help the student develop an understanding of basic sign language. Sign Language is a complex visual-spatial language that is used by the deaf community in the United States and English-speaking parts of Canada. It is a linguistically complete natural language. It is the native language of many deaf men and women, as well as some hearing children born into deaf families. Sign Language has a very complex grammar. Unlike spoken languages where there is just one serial stream of phonemes, sign languages can have multiple things going on at the same time. This multiple segmentation makes it an exciting language for linguists to study and a frustrating language for deaf-impaired (aka, hearing) people to learn. Sign Language has its own morphology (rules for the creation of words), phonetics (rules for hand shapes), and grammar that are very unlike those found in spoken languages. Sign languages promise to be a rich source of analysis for future linguists to come.

Special project or exam: TBA

Requirement(s) this course fulfills: Fulfills a Foreign Language Requirement for graduation and can be used as elective credit towards the graduation requirement.

AP Economics: Microeconomics and Macroeconomics

Grades: 12 (this course will be offered when available and with student interest)
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.05

Description: The AP Program offers two separate exams in Economics – one in Microeconomics and one in Macroeconomics. The aim of this AP Economics course is to provide the student with a learning experience equivalent to that in a typical college introductory level Economics course. Each is a semester course (recommended to take as a full-year course).  Students will prepare for the AP Micro and the AP Macro exams by: mastering economic thinking and decision making; learning to create, support and explain concepts with both written responses and graphical models; demonstrating understanding of the connections between economics and math; understanding the general development of modern economic theory; becoming familiar with the basic language of business and economists; and being able to understand the basic measurements of economic performance in printed media.

Special project or exam: AP Exam

Requirement(s) this course fulfills: This course meets the graduation requirement for Economics.  Students who earn a qualifying score on the AP exam may be eligible to receive college credit or advance placement into college courses.

Bioethics

Grades: 11-12 (this course will be offered when available and with student interest)
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: Students will have successfully completed two lab science courses and will have passed one Regents science exam.
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: The course is designed to confront the collision of personal morals, societal ethics, technology, and science. Students are introduced to the idea of debate vs. dialogue, justice, creating logical arguments and empathy for others. This course is designed to increase critical thinking skills, improve verbal and written skills, allow students to do research with a purpose, and to appreciate that ethical issues are disagreed on. Few issues in the “real world” are black and white.

Special project or exam: TBA

Requirement(s) this course fulfills: This course can be used as elective credit towards the graduation requirement.

Code Academy

Grades: 11-12 (this course will be offered when available and with student interest)
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: Students need satisfactory computer skills and need to be self-motivators, as it will be up to them to read and apply what they’ve learned as they work through the online code lessons. This course is better suited for those who are not easily distracted as the course is fully online.
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: Students will learn the basics of computer software programming (“coding”) via Code Academy. This course will teach the basics of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, PHP, IQuery and Ruby. This is a self-paced course.

Special project or exam: TBA

Requirement(s) this course fulfills: Elective credit in technology and can be used as elective credit towards the graduation requirement.

Criminal Justice

Grades: 12 (this course will be offered when available and with student interest)
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: This introductory Criminal Justice class will provide students a basic understanding of the criminal justice system with an emphasis on careers within law enforcement, corrections, and the courts.

Special project or exam: TBA

Requirement(s) this course fulfills: Elective class in social studies and can be used as elective credit towards the graduation requirement.

SAT/ACT Verbal Review and College Readiness

Grades: 11-12 (this course will be offered when available and with student interest)
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: None
Weight for Ranking: 1.00

Description: This course will prepare students for the SAT and ACT verbal sections and will focus on several topics that will get students ready for their first year of college.  It is recommended that seniors will take the course in the fall semester and juniors will take it in the spring semester.

Special project or exam: SAT/ACT

Requirement(s) this course fulfills: This course can be used as elective credit towards the graduation requirement.

Contemporary Issues

Grades: 11-12
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: Global 9 & 10
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: Contemporary issues focuses on United States history of World War II to the present. Major concepts include: The Cold War; the Civil Rights movement; Baby Boomers; Watergate; the 80’s and 90’s; and Terrorism and the 21st Century.

Requirement(s) this course fulfills: Elective in social studies and can be used as an elective credit towards the graduation requirement.

Philosophy

Grades: 11-12
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: Global 9 & 10
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: The introduction to philosophy will first be about essential philosophical questions: metaphysical, epistemological, political, and ethical. The course will then focus on specific western philosophers including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Sarte, Camus, and Marcuse.

Requirement(s) this course fulfills: Elective in social studies and can be used as an elective credit towards the graduation requirement.

Anatomy and Physiology

Grades: 11-12
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: Regents Biology
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: This full-year elective class is open to all students who have completed and passed Regents Living Environment. This class will explore topics of the human body organization, human body support/movement, human body regulation, human body maintenance and human reproduction.

Requirement(s) this course fulfills: Elective in science and can be used as an elective credit towards the graduation requirement.

Psychology

Grades: 11-12
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: Global 9 & 10
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: This is a survey course introduces students to the study of him/herself and others. The course will examine various branches of psychology from both a practical and theoretical viewpoint.

Requirement(s) this course fulfills: Elective in social studies and can be used as an elective credit towards the graduation requirement.

Sociology

Grades: 11-12
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: Global 9 & 10
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: Sociology is the study of man interacting with his fellow man. Sociology explores the factors that influence the development of the individual’s personality and the effect one’s culture, social class, and environment has on the interactions of humans. A time permits, brief looks are taken at the problem of urbanization, the aging of the population, crimes, relations with minority groups, etc.

Requirement(s) this course fulfills: Elective in social studies and can be used as an elective credit towards the graduation requirement.

Spanish IV (HVCC)

Grades: 11-12
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: Spanish III
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: Spanish IV is an advanced level course for students who want to pursue their interest in Spanish language and cultures. This class offers college-bound students an option to continue language instruction while earning college credit. During the year, we will review and expand upon grammar structures and concentrate on improving vocabulary, conversational fluency and reading skills through class discussion (conducted primarily in Spanish), listening, reading and writing activities, as well as Spanish-language videos and films, literature, and independent projects and presentations on selected topics of interest.

Requirement(s) this course fulfills: Elective in foreign language and can be used as an elective credit towards the graduation requirement.

Marine Biology

Grades: 11-12
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: One science Regents; and two units of Science
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: A non-Regents level course, Marine Biology is an opportunity for students to complete their third year of science. This course provides an integrated overview of the marine environment. Content that will be covered during the course includes but is not limited to: history of oceanography; chemical, physical, and geological aspects of the ocean; ocean zones, marine life and ocean communities; marine ecosystems; beaches, tidal zones and estuaries; human impact and environmental issues and concerns. Students will need to perform basic laboratory exercises including dissection; however, there is not a separate lab.

Requirement(s) this course fulfills: Elective in science and can be used as an elective credit towards the graduation requirement.

Programming with Block and Code

Grades: 11-12
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: Students with satisfactory computer skills and the ability to work independently. This course will require students to read and apply what they learned as they work through the online code lessons.
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: Students will learn some important concepts relating to computer science and programming. Students will be using Scratch and block coding to learn the importance of algorithms in programming and will use block coding to create some fun projects such as a dance video, a cooperative video game, an extreme sports game, and an animation. Student will learn “programming code” for writing HTML/CSS, creating their own web page and will learn the basics for two other popular programming languages, Python and Java Script. Students will also spend time programming different robots based on availability. This is a great program for those who plan to continue their education in any type of computer-related field such as computer science, programming, web/game design, or if you are interested in acquiring basic programming skills to be successful in today’s technical world.

Requirement(s) this course fulfills: Elective in science and can be used as an elective credit towards the graduation requirement.

Collaborative Design with Minecraft

Grades: 11-12
Credits: N/A
Prerequisite: Students with decent computer skills and need to be self-motivators
Weight for Ranking: N/A

Description: Work in teams to complete academic projects using the Minecraft world. Explore, build, and complete quests while learning and practicing your academic knowledge. Improve your creative thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and collaboration skills. Academic topics that will be covered include: math, language arts, science, history and culture, computer science, and art & design. *Please note this is not a class just to play Minecraft, you will need to complete specific project requirements.

Requirement(s) this course fulfills: Elective in science and can be used as an elective credit towards the graduation requirement.